In which we reach a castle and Rey finds a lightsaber.
You who have heard the ancient tales of long
And noble battle fought amongst the stars
Will doubtless recognize the famed hero
Who just appeared. Han Solo, general
And smuggler both, returns unto his ship!
Now see this hero turn his face toward
The future: Rey with her pilot’s talent
And faith that here is help to carry out
Their task. And Finn — newly escaped, fighting
To find his place and stay beyond the reach
Of the First Order’s arm. See Han Solo
— Who we’ve missed, who we’ve journeyed with before —
Obscured by age and yet the same, pause for
A moment of wary reflection as
He’s caught in a most dang’rous fitful storm —
But lo! The time to talk
Is quick cut short by trouble’s arrival.
Not one, but two fierce gangs catch up with Han.
Now we could weary you with small details
Of how these men did find Han and Chewie.
Or else perhaps of why they sought to see
The color of these two old smuggler’s blood.
Or how three Rathtars came to be aboard.
Or finally of how those same Rathtars
Did tear those gangs into edible bits.
But we’ll but pause to say that in the end
The Rathtars feast and the Falcon escapes
With all our disp’rate heroes safe aboard.
They set a course for Maz Kanata’s home —
A place of infinite variety
and charm. A hostel for the galaxy’s
Wanderers, bandits, thieves, and travelers.
There arrived she greets them fair, as old friends,
And takes them in, but will not deliver
Dear BB-8 unto the Resistance.
She urges Han to take the droid himself:
“The fight continues, this battle betwixt
The light side and the dark. Be it Sith or
Empire dread or this new Order carrying
Forth the shadow — the fight is still the same.
This is the only fight. And we must win.”
A shadow crosses Finn. Doubt and fear stir,
For he knows the First Order far better
Than his companions could. “We cannot win,”
Says he and knows that now’s the time for truth
And to seek out a place far far away.
Hapless is Rey to see him go: her friend
Giving up for fear of the First Order.
But go he will — or so he says — and Rey
Cannot dissuade him.
Rey watches him go,
And as he disappears something whispers…
This pull from nowhere startles Rey. It calls;
She follows. Down a winding stair she goes
And finds a long hidden treasure buried
In a chest beneath Kanata’s Castle:
A lightsaber. Skywalker’s lightsaber.
And with a cautious hand she touches it.
A dozen visions crowd her mind! They show
Her fragments of the future, past or both.
She pulls away and flees determined to
Avoid the weapon at all costs despite
This call — which heralded her destiny.